Alexandra Kieffer is Assistant Professor of Musicology at Rice University. She received her Ph.D. from Yale University in 2014 and spent the 2014-2015 academic year as an Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Humanities at Stanford University. Her current book project, under contract with Oxford University Press, explores ideas about sensation, listening, and affect in early twentieth-century Debussy reception in the context of emerging scientific discourses on psychology and the senses.
Her essays on Debussy, Ravel, and early twentieth-century French musical culture have appeared or are forthcoming in 19th-Century Music, Music Theory Spectrum, and The Journal of Musicology. Her research has been supported by the Mrs. Giles Whiting Foundation and the American Musicological Society’s M. Elizabeth C. Bartlet fund.